LIMERICK’s youngest ever leader on Operation Transformation is living up to her name - after leading 1,000 people in the national walk for health in Limerick at the weekend.
“It was just amazing to see so many people turn out,” said Kayleigh Yeoman, who walked 6km on Saturday last, and who has lost in excess of seven and a half pounds on the show to date.
This week’s weigh-in - which will be aired on RTE on Wednesday night - has already taken place, but she was remaining tight-lipped to keep it a surprise for this week’s show, except to say “there was smiles all round.”
Now two weeks through the eight-week transformation, which will continue long after the cameras stop rolling, she said her ultimate aim is to get down to between 10-11 stone.
The 18 year-old from Corbally, who is a sociology student in LIT Tipperary, said the weekly week-ins and the endurance tests at the Curragh are the toughest parts of week.
Throughout the week she tries to resist all her old temptations, especially chocolate and sweets, and stick with healthy dishes such as chicken wraps and vegetarian lasagne.
Over Christmas her weight increased to 15 stone and 9.5 pounds, but is now making healthy strides in dropping dress sizes and inches.
“I want to be happy and look at myself and not have to hide who I am, ” she told viewers on the first programme.
After this transformation, she said she doesn’t want to see “lumps and bumps, a double chin and big cheeks” when she looks in the mirror, and wants to start relationships with people “without feeling self conscious.”
The determined young woman is set to become a model to others struggling to slim down, as obesity amongst this age group has risen by 30% in recent years.
Kayleigh left school aged 16 because she felt she had no friends, and confessed to being a comfort eater. See www.rte.ie/ot to follow her progress and see her food and exercise plan.